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Tyler Brunet

PhD student

College: Clare
Supervisor: Tim Lewens
Thesis topic: Cyborg individuals: organic and mechanical mergers in the light of evolution

I completed my BSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Philosophy (2015), and an MSc Computational Biology (2017), both at Dalhousie University, where I worked as a research associate in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2015-17. My research interests and training have focused on the philosophy of biology, molecular biology and evolution. 

My current research is an attempt to apply the philosophy of modern evolutionary biology to cybernetics, with specific attention given to developmental and evolutionary characterizations of "cyborgs" (cybernetic organisms) offered by scientists, philosophers and artists. 

 

Publications:

Brunet, T. D. (2016). Aims and Methods of Biosteganography. Journal of Biotechnology, 226, 56-64.

Doolittle, W. F., and Brunet, T. D. (2016). What is the Tree of Life? PLOS Genetics, 12(4), e1005912.

Brunet, T. D., and Doolittle, W. F. (2015). Multilevel selection theory and the evolutionary functions of transposable elements. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(8), 2445-2457.

Brunet, T. D., and Doolittle, W. F. (2014). Getting “function” right. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(33), E3365-E3365.

Doolittle, W. F., Brunet, T. D., Linquist, S., and Gregory, T. R. (2014). Distinguishing between “function” and “effect” in genome biology. Genome Biology and Evolution, 6(5), 1234-1237.